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Words & Pictures: Making Children’s Literature

Graham Annable, author and illustrator of Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths; Mina Javaherbin, author of My Grandma & Me; and Lena Podesta, illustrator of Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon!; discuss making picture books with moderator Heidi Schulz, author of Giraffes Ruin Everything.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Graham Annable

Graham Annable is an Oscar-nominated cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two boys. Annable has done illustration and animation work for Laika, Dark Horse, LucasArts, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Productions, among many others. He's rather fond of hockey and sloths. But never the two combined.
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Mina Javaherbin

Mina Javaherbin has written several award-winning picture books, including Soccer Star, illustrated by Renato Alarcão, and Goal!, illustrated by A. G. Ford. She lives in Southern California. Her newest book is My Grandma And Me.
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Lena Podesta

Lena Podesta is an illustrator, animator, and story artist, and Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! is her first picture book. She has worked as an artist in the animation industry on various TV, commercial, and feature film projects. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and sons. You can usually find her there, drawing pictures for kids and grown-ups, in her secret hideout, which is at the bottom of a volcano.
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Heidi Schulz

New York Times Bestselling author and self-proclaimed giraffe suspicioner, Heidi Schulz, lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and several dozen dust bunnies. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Hook’s Revenge, published by Disney•Hyperion, is a New York Times Bestseller, a Bank Street Best book, among the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Titles for Children in 2014, a Scripp’s National Spelling Bee book club selection, and an OCTE Oregon Spirit Honor Book. A sequel, Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, was published in 2015. Bloomsbury Kids published her picture book debut, Giraffes Ruin Everything, in August 2016. Her short story for children, The Day the Puddles Stomped Back, can be found in Oregon Reads Aloud, an anthology to benefit S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making A Reader Today). Heidi lies to children for fun and profit. Visit her online at heidischulzbooks.com
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